Malawi is set to host the African Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight fight between Limbani ‘Lion’ Masamba and Zambian Mbiya Nkanku on May 14 at the Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe.
The fight will headline five other international bouts to coincide with the ABU convention which Malawi is hosting for the first time.
Promoters of the fights are Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotion (OQBP) of Zambia in conjunction with No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions and Alufandika Boxing Promotions from Malawi.
In other bouts, Alfred Muwowo of Zambia will face Zimbabwean Anway Katunga, Agnes Mutimaukanena-Mwando will fight Anisha Bashir while Zambian Esaya Chilufya will square off against Brian Mwando.
In other exciting fixtures, Zambian Lolita Muzeya will trade punches with Ruth Chisale (Malawi) whereas Zambian Barbara Banda will fight Tanzanian Jennifer Rukwalize.
No Pain No Gain chief executive officer Craig Rousseau could not hide his excitement.
“Let’s hope everybody understands the magnitude of this event. It’s the biggest tournament in boxing ever to take place on our home soil with our own Malawian boxer in the main event,” said Rousseau.
He said the ABU title belt is a pathway towards attaining World Boxing Council (WBC) belt.
“If Masamba can win this bout, he will have a chance to challenge for a WBC title fight. It can’t get better than that. WBC is the biggest in the world of boxing,” added Rousseau.
Masamba said he is looking forward to challenge for an African title.
“It’s exciting and I will work hard in training. It’s a great opportunity,” he said.n